Liverpool Film Festival in association with the Everyman Cinema and Odeon at Liverpool One is delighted to announce the official selection for the third edition of the annual event.
Films from around the world will be screened over four days from the 31st October – 3rd November across the two venues with a line-up consisting of feature films, documentaries, short films, animation and experimental films and music videos.
Festival highlights include the world premiere of SEAGULL, which will close the festival and stars Jessica Hynes in a film about a woman returning to her hometown to settle unfinished business.
#NOJOKE, a documentary which follows a musician as he puts together a star-studded cast for a song to combat bullying and features Patrick Stewart, Jeff Goldblum, Lemmy and more.
Across the weekend there will be five sessions of short films that include stars such as Jack Whitehall, Anna Friel, Russell Tovey and Ben Whishaw.
Also included in the line-up is the opening night gala screening at the Everyman Cinema of the Lupita Nyong’o starring zombie comedy LITTLE MONSTERS, which will be having its North West premiere at the festival. The film has already garnered critical acclaim after screening at Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest and will be the perfect film to open on Halloween night.
Saturday of the festival at the Odeon at Liverpool One and will be called Docs Day, as all documentary films from the official selection will screen at that venue with Everyman continuing the programme of narrative features and short films. A highlight of Doc day will be the screening of Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless road, a biopic about one the greatest living guitarists and we are delighted to announce that Tommy will be attending the screening for a very special Q and A and live performance
Docs Day will culminate with an incredibly exciting special gala premiere that will be announced in the coming weeks.
After a successful year at the Odeon in 2018 the festival is expanding to two venues with the addition of Liverpool’s newest cinema the Everyman Cinema, testament to the festival growth and development in just three short years. Situated in the stunning surroundings of the Metquarter the Everyman Cinema will be the perfect place to host this year’s narrative feature and shorts selection.
Director of Operations Neil Jeram-Croft says “our line-up this year is a fantastic showcase of film. We really have something for everyone, and we couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with both the Everyman Cinema and the Odeon to bring these films to the people of Liverpool. LIVIFF2019 is going to be a festival to remember.”
For more information on the full line-up and to book tickets go to www.liviff.com
The full line up below
Little Monsters – Thursday 31st October at 7pm
Abe Forsythe / Australia, United Kingdom, United States / 94 Minutes / English Language
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Short Session 1 – Friday 1st November at 6pm
The Dustbin Connection, New Bronx, Ariel, A Modern Magician, Bellmouth, 14, Take My Heart to the Yellow River
Locusts – Friday 1st November at 8:15pm
Heath Davis / Australia / 86 Minutes / English Language
Starring: Ben Geurens, Jessica McNamee, Nathaniel Dean, Justin Rosniak, Andy McPhee
Estranged tech entrepreneur Ryan Black returns to his desert hometown for his father’s funeral where he’s reluctantly reunited with his ex-con brother. But when the pair become the target of an extortion scam at the hands of desperate criminal associates of their father, Ryan is forced to resort to extreme measures, exposing the town’s dark secrets.
Includes music video Universe
Short Session 2 – Saturday 2nd November at 1pm
Dog Gone, EXIT, Missing a Note, Noose, Not So Hilarious Anymore, Featherweight, Lee Ann Womack’s “Hollywood”, The M Factor, Luger
Mabata Bata – Saturday 2nd November at 3:15pm
Sol de Carvalho / Mozambique / 80 Minutes / Portuguese with English Subtitles
Starring: Emílio Bila, Wilton Boene, Medianeira Massingue
Azarias is a young orphan shepherd, keeper of a herd of oxen, where the ox Mabata Bata stands out. The oxen will be the basis of the “lobolo” payment, a traditional dowry that his uncle Raul must pay for his own marriage. One day, when Azariah is in the pasture, Mabata Bata steps onto a mine. The young man fears his uncle’s reprisals and flees to the forest, taking with him the remaining oxen. The grandmother and uncle leave in their quest to rescue him and persuade him to return.
Includes music video We Invented Paris – Looking Back
Short Session 3 – Saturday 2nd November at 5:30pm
O Holy Ghost, Roake, Seconds Out, September, Skewwhiff, The Fish Out of Water, The Last Time I Saw You, Rushes
Cronofobia – Saturday 2nd November at 7:45pm
Francesco Rizzi / Switzerland / 93 Minutes / Italian with English Subtitles
Starring: Sabine Timoteo, Vinicio Marchioni, Leonardo Nigro
Michael Suter is a lonely guy, constantly in motion, escaping his true self. During the day, he travels through Switzerland, creating new identities and evaluating the quality of customer service in shops and hotel rooms, while at night, he is secretly observing the life of another lonely person: Anna, a widow struggling with complicated grief. But this fragile balance is soon destroyed, when Anna finds out about Suter’s dark secret.
Short Session 4 – Sunday 3rd November at 1pm
The Sea, The Sound of Japanese Culture, Second Skin, Lieutenant at Arms, The Hanged Man, The Motions, May Day, The Bird & the Whale
Their Lucky Stars – Sunday 3rd November at 3:15pm
Tomasz Konecki / Poland / 101 Minutes / Polish with English Subtitles
Starring: Piotr Adamczyk, Roma Gąsiorowska, Maks Balcerowski, Marieta Żukowska
Symphonic orchestra musician Robert is raising his ten-year-old son when unexpectedly he meets full of energy and charm fitness star Marta. Two different characters, two different point of views. Her world is a big city, exotic travels and sports. His world is a peaceful haven, parental challenges and a basket full of laundry- all this works until Marta appears in his life …
Short Session 5 – Sunday 3rd November at 5:30pm
Rosa’s Esperanza, Arthur Rambo, Water Off a Ducks Back, Fingers Crossed, A Stranger Comes Home, Portraitist, Rocket Boy, Apart, Live to Remain
Seagull – Sunday 3rd November at 7:45pm
Peter Blach / United Kingdom / 84 Minutes / English Language
Starring: Jessica Hynes, Adam Radcliff, Gabrielle Sheppard
Geoff lives to take care of his beloved 8-year-old grand daughter whilst caring for Janet, his disabled and alcoholic partner. One day, a stranger with a facemask confronts him with a meat cleaver but escapes before doing any damage. After 8 years of absence, Rose, the youngest daughter of Janet, has returned after disappearing at the age of 14. The tension in the household intensifies when Rose stages a kidnap to get to know the young girl. When she’s returned, Geoff barricades the entrance points of the house and forbids anyone to leave. Rose’s campaign of intimidation continues while Geoff’s controlled life spirals out of control. The rift between Rose and Geoff is about to get settled – once and for all.
Becoming Me – Saturday 2nd of November at 1pm
Martine De Biasi / Italy / 68 Minutes / German and Italian with English Subtitles
In a remote, rural, catholic village of the Alps a woman becomes a man and her ex-lover tries to make sense of it.
Includes the documentary short films Insight, Home and One Hundred and Fifty Two.
Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road – Saturday 2nd November at 3:15pm
Jeremy Dylan Potts / Australia / 80 Minutes / English Language
Featuring: Barry Gibb, Steve Vai, John Oates, Joe Satriani
From the Australian outback to Music City USA, a child guitar prodigy dedicates his life to become the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist, even as revelations of dark family secrets send him into a battle with addiction that threatens to destroy his career, his family and his life.
Includes the music video Rooftops
#NOJOKE – Saturday 2nd November at 5:30pm
Manfred Becker / Canada / 71 Minutes / English Language
Featuring: Patrick Stewart, Lemmy, Jeff Goldblum, Slash
Follow musician Andrew Cole as he puts together a star-studded cast for a song to combat bullying. Along the way he tracks down celebrities, experts, and ghosts from his own past to go beyond the tropes of today’s anti-bullying campaigns and get to the heart of the issue. One by one Andrew’s heroes come on board to lend their support: Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Roberts, Robbie Krieger, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lights, Patrick Stewart, Jane Lynch, and more.
Includes short documentary Reclamation: The Rise at Standing Rock